Stephen E. Finn

Stephen E. Finn

Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1984

Current Positions

Member, Center for Therapeutic Assessment. Clinical Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Director of Training, European Center for Therapeutic Assessment, Catholic University of Milan, Italye

How did you become interested in Personality Assessment?

Early in my graduate school training, I had several experiences of clients being transformed through the experience of having a psychological assessment. I became fascinated with this process and with the power of psychological tests to help clients and important people in their lives understand their problems in living and begin to see new solutions.

Tell us about your current job. We are interested in hearing about the different things that people do who work in the area of personality assessment.

Currently, I practice Therapeutic Assessment and supervise and train others in collaborative and Therapeutic Assessment. The training I do takes me to many places in the world, which is exciting for me as I have always loved to travel.

What are the most memorable aspects of your time as SPA President?

I was SPA President during a crucial time for SPA. Membership was dropping, we had lost a highly skilled administrative director (Manuela Schulz), and we were struggling financially. One of my proudest accomplishments was to help hire Paula Garber, who has helped steer SPA into sound financial waters. I found it a great privilege to be President, and I tried to help inspirit the membership with the value and potential of our work, attract student members, and foster research on the utility of psychological assessment.

Tell us how you initially learned about and joined SPA.

One of the professors in my doctoral program, James Butcher, told me about SPA and urged me to attend.

As we look forward to SPA's 100th anniversary in 2038, what do you think is important in order for the field of personality assessment to thrive and to benefit others?

I believe that for personality assessment to thrive, that we personality assessors need to realize the exciting potential of the work we do to affect people's lives in profound ways. We need to reeducate other mental health professionals about the value of personality assessment and continue to do research that demonstrates its power and utility.

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